Submitted by ub on Sat, 04/07/2012 - 21:44

Take Back the Night among awareness events planned

Pace University students, faculty and staff will engage in anti-violence activism during Sexual Assault Awareness Week, April 14 – 20, on Pace’s downtown New York City campus. Sexual Assault Awareness Week, planned in April in conjunction with national Sexual Assault Awareness Month, raises awareness about sexual assault and offers preventive measures and resources.

A two-part self-defense workshop will take place Monday, April 16 at 12:00pm at One Pace Plaza room W616 and Tuesday, April 17th from 3:30pm – 4:25pm in room E327. Also on Tuesday, April 17th at 3:30pm, Marijo Russell-O’Grady, dean for students at Pace’s downtown campus will hold a workshop on Bullying/Bystander Behavior and will show the film “the Undetected Rapist” at One Pace Plaza, Room West 615.

Jen Gaffney from the New York District Attorney’s Sex Crimes unit will speak to Pace students on Wednesday, April 18th at 1:00pm at 41 Park Row, 9th floor lounge. She will walk participants through victim rights and the process of what happens when a sex crime is committed.

Take Back the Night (TBTN), a national vigil dedicated to survivors of “crimes of silence,” will be held April 19 when Pace students, staff and faculty will take to the streets at 9:00pm with t-shirts, signs and candles to raise awareness of sexual assault.

A panel discussion on gender violence entitled “Women and Violence–Connections to Movements,” will kick off TBTN @ PACE on April 19 in Lienhard Lecture Hall, One Pace Plaza from 5:00pm – 7:00pm. The discussion will not only raise awareness but also will focus on how policies and laws can shape the support and services that survivors of violence can access. Pace political science professor Meghana Nayak, Ph.D. will moderate the panel that will include New York Latinas Against Domestic Violence and the Global Justice Center. The panel will be followed by a talk by Pace alumna Kelly Herbert, coordinator of the LGBTQA and social justice center at Pace, and then the procession through the streets.